Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees approves selection of principals at Montgomery HS and Lone Star ES

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Executive Director of Finance also selected

The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees has approved the selection of new principals for Montgomery High School and Lone Star Elementary School as well as Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Executive Director of Finance.

Montgomery ISD selected Noah Hollander as the next Principal of Montgomery High School. Noah Hollander will be coming to Montgomery from Battle Creek Central HS in Michigan after serving as Executive Principal since 2016. After graduating from Calvin College, Hollander came to Texas to complete his master’s degree at Sam Houston State University while teaching at Stovall Middle School in Aldine ISD and Oak Ridge High School in Conroe ISD. In 2014, he made the move to Beloit, Wisconsin as the Assistant Principal of Memorial HS. Hollander is currently working on his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis through the University of Wisconsin.

“Noah’s experience at the high school level is impressive and extensive and we are excited to welcome him back to Texas to lead our Montgomery Bears,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “I believe that he has the knowledge base and the experience in curriculum and staff development that not only aligns with Montgomery ISD’s goals and strategic plan, but most importantly fits the needs of Montgomery HS and will be a benefit to every student and staff member on the MHS campus.”

Chris Stowe has been selected as the next Principal of Lone Star ES. Stowe is currently the Associate Principal at Lake Creek HS.

Stowe began his career as an elementary school teacher before joining Montgomery ISD in 2011, where he grew the MHS Speech and Debate team to national prominence and was recognized nationally for his teaching and coaching abilities and named Region 6 Educator of the Year from the Texas Speech Communication Association. Since opening Lake Creek HS as an Assistant Principal, he has grown into the Associate Principal role, supporting staff and being a critical participant in campus decision-making processes. Stowe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah Valley University, a Master’s Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Sam Houston State University.

“Filling the position of campus principal in MISD should always be a very competitive and transparent process as we watch candidates rise to the top of a talented pool of individuals,” Morrison said. “Chris did just that as we completed several rounds of interviews, and we are confident that his ability to build strong relationships and passion for engaging students and families will serve our Lone Star community very well.”

Stowe will assume the role of Lone Star ES principal from Dr. Catherine Bartlett, who is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

“I am thrilled that Chris has been selected as the next leader of our Lone Star Longhorn family,” Bartlett said. “I was fortunate enough to participate in the interview process and experienced first-hand how his experience and passion for students will translate into success as an elementary principal. I am excited to watch him fall in love with Lone Star, and I know he will be able to provide the support and guidance needed to continue the success we have enjoyed as a school community.”

Another leadership position that the MISD Board of Trustees approved included the selection of Dr. Christopher Summers as the next Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Summers assumes the role of Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction from Mark Weatherly, who was recently named the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education.

Dr. Summers will join Montgomery ISD from Sealy, ISD where he currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and has been serving in education since 1996. He began his career in the classroom at both the elementary and junior high school levels and has served as Assistant Principal in Pearland and Clear Creek ISD, held Principal positions from 2002-2014 in both Austin ISD and Hays CISD and was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in West Oso ISD from 2014-2018 before moving to Sealy. Dr. Summers received his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and Management, his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston and his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“Dr. Summers has an incredibly deep level of experience and knowledge of curriculum in the state of Texas and how to best reach students of all academic levels and a variety of demographic areas,” Morrison said. “As we evaluate the direction we are going in providing professional development to our educators and ensuring that our instructional model design serves all students in Montgomery ISD, we are confident that he will be an amazing addition to our district’s leadership team.”

Finally, Timothy Momanyi, a finance executive with more than 17 years of experience in both public and private sectors, has been selected as the district’s Executive Director of Finance.

Tim is joining Montgomery ISD from Houston ISD, where he currently serves as the Officer of Budgeting and Financial Planning. He began his career in public education finance in Aldine ISD, working his way up from Accountant to Director and then Executive Director of Finance. Before entering public education, Momanyi worked in the private sector as a Relationship Manager and Accountant from Bank of New York Mellon in Houston. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.

“Tim is going to be a wonderful addition to complement and enhance the critical work of our department,” Kris Lynn, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations said. “We have worked very hard over the last two years to balance our budget, increase employee compensation and build transparency and trust with our community regarding our management of district finances. His experience and ability to focus on the district’s financial strategy and planning is going to be immensely supportive as we continue to grow.”

These positions were filled through a highly competitive and thorough process, with multiple steps in the interview process, to ensure that the best candidate was selected for each role as Montgomery ISD seeks to be the Premier school district in the state of Texas.

“Today, we gained four outstanding leaders in our school district,” MISD Board President Matt Fuller said. “It’s evident that our district’s search and interview processes empower us to attract and select amazing individuals from all over the state and country who want to join our staff and be a part of the great things happening here in Montgomery ISD.”